Saturday, September 28, 2013

You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert

Best friends forever… until life got in the way. Katherine Hill left her small New England hometown in pursuit of a dream. Now, twelve years later, she’s a high-powered cosmetics executive in Manhattan and a much glossier version of her former self, unrecognizable to her family and old friends. Not that she would know—she hasn’t been home in over a decade.

Laney Marten always swore she’d never get "stuck” in Manchester, Vermont. No, she was destined to live out her glamorous big-city dreams. Instead, she wound up a young wife and mother. That was when her best friend ran out.

When Katherine receives word of an inheritance from former neighbor Luella Hancock, she reluctantly returns home to the people and places she left behind. Hoping for a second chance, she’s met by an unforgiving Laney, her former best friend. And there’s someone else who’s moved on without her—someone she once loved.

Tethered to their shared inheritance of Luella’s sprawling Victorian mansion, Katherine and Laney are forced to address their long-standing grudges. Through this, they come to understand that while life has taken them in different directions, ultimately the bonds of friendship and sisterhood still bind them together. But are some wounds too old and deep to mend?

Most of us have friends that we've had almost our entire lives.  But then there are the friends that we grew up with, but then drifted apart as we moved on with our own lives.  I know I do and I remember most of them fondly and some I still miss.  With You Knew Me When, this is also the case, but with a slight twist.

Kitty (Katherine) and Laney are best friends but they both have different dreams.  Kitty leaves home to pursue hers and Laney, although also having big dreams, is left behind as a young wife and mother.  The two drift apart and they don't see one another for over a decade.  Then Katherine comes back home, to claim an inheritance left by a neighbor.  She reaches out to those she left behind, but everyone is not the same as they once were, as life usually is.

Laney and Katherine's story is told is alternating points of view from then and now, and it's an easy read to follow.  The characters are complex and easy to relate to, and the bonds of friendship that often seem tenacious are sometimes thicker than one would assume.  If you enjoy books about friendship, love, or going home, then You Knew Me When is for you.  A recommended read!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

For the release of the book, the publisher has partnered with Zoya Nail polish for a limited edition collection where each shade is name after a main character in the book. How cool is that?!

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